Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Dinosaur Game

I thought it might be fun to make a post about a game that my dinosaur-crazed, future paleontologist daughter loves. It is also educational. It teaches kids the basic factors that factor into an organism's extinction: body size, food supply, adaptability.

The Dinosaur Game: Survival or Extinction?

Smaller body-sized animals with a diverse food supply are more likely to survive a changing environment or the loss of one part of its diet. A large animal that needs lots of food isn't going to be able to adapt very well to a massive change in climate, for example.

This game introduces how truly difficult it is for a large animal to evolve. Prominent old earth creationist, Dr. Hugh Ross, has drawn much attention to the multifaceted complexity of speciation, especially considering the mechanism of random processes. In addition to the criteria listed above, Ross adds population size, length of gestation, and number of off-spring per adult. (A summary of his speciation model is in his book, The Genesis Question.)

All of this to say, evolution isn't easy baby. And evolutionists know that. It just isn't talked about in concrete terms very often. But that's what's cool about this game. It can be used as a tool to get a discussion and try to get kids thinking, "Hey, wait a minute, there are a lot of factors that would need to go into evolution in order for it work. Is that realistic?"

Besides that, the game is fun!

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